The World Comes to Eugene

March 3, 2011

Dear friends,

ELAW Fellows from three continents arrived on Monday to work with us to protect communities and the environment, and to participate in the 2011 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.  Yesterday, our partners toured NextStep Recycling, a national model for e-waste recycling here in Eugene.

ELAW at NextStep Recycling, Eugene, Oregon

Bern Johnson, ELAW Executive Director, said: "The e-waste problem illustrates how the world has gotten smaller and we all need to work together across borders.  In many countries, electronic waste is brought in and becomes an environmental disaster.  If NextStep can prevent old computers from becoming waste, then we know it will not be shipped around the world.  We are thrilled to share lessons from NextStep with ELAW Fellows."

Yesterday's tour was featured in The Register-Guard and on KEZI-TV.

ELAW extends a warm welcome to some of the world's leading grassroots advocates: Lovesta Brehun from Green Advocates in Liberia, Rockson Akugre from the Center for Public Interest Law in Ghana, Pedro Leon from IDEA in Mexico,Tania Arosemana from the Environmental Advocacy Center in Panama, Kart Vaarmari from the Estonian Environmental Law Center, Szilvia Szilagyi from the Environmental Management and Law Association in Hungary, and Olena Kravchenko from Environment-People-Law in Ukraine.

For 20 years, the ELAW Fellowship Program has welcomed hundreds of grassroots advocates to Eugene for individually tailored opportunities to collaborate and build skills to better protect communities and the environment through law.

Special thanks to the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the International Community Foundation, and the U.S.  State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for supporting the ELAW Fellowship Program.


Maggie Keenan
Communications Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

P.S. ELAW is working with partners around the world to protect communities and the environment.  Learn more about our work by visiting our blog: ELAW Spotlight.  We're also on Facebook and Twitter.